Monday 14 March 2022

Two Fine Producers From Down Under - Bass Phillip & Punt Road

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to taste some wines from Bass Phillip & Punt Road though Quaffable wines.

Bass Phillip
2019 Chardonnay
Now owned by Jean-Marie Fourrier (pictured below) this cult producer makes some stunning wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and a good Gamay. 
From 25 year old vines, this fine Chardonnay offers up an open, direct nose with notes of dry mango, grilled lemons, smoke and warm grass. Deep and perfumed. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dry fudge, lemon cream and sun warm gravel. Very long with a fine warmth.
93p   (tasted 2022/02)

2019 Premium Chardonnay
A stunner. This beauty was raised in 500 lit oak barrels of which 50% were new. The nose is pure, delicate and handsome with gorgeous notes of candied lemons, handcream, cag gun smoke and butterbiscuits. Very, very deep. Lovely.
The taste is rich, balanced and brilliant with everything in place. Great fruit, great acidity and great structure. Grand Cru quality. Glad I got me some.
97p   (tasted 2022/02)

2019 Gamay
A nice, open nose with notes of a clean barnyard, lingonberries and some rubbery notes.
The tste is cool and fine with a good acidity and notes of rhubarb, lingonberries and gravel. 
87p   (tasted 2022/02)

2019 Pinot Noir Crown Prince
A somewhat restrained, focused nose with notes of rowan berries, earth, dried raspberries and assorted herbs. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of ripe lingonberries, dried raspberries and moist earth. A high acidity. A long, dry finish. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/02)

2019 Pinot Noir
A young, deep, lovely nose with ripe raspberries, root vegetables, thyme and wet rocks. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe raspberries, forest floor and fresh herbs. Very balanced. A lovely acidity. Great. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2022/02)

Punt Road
2021 Whole Bunch White
A fresh, grassy nose with notes of dry passionfruit, minerals and gravel. A fine salty note.
The taste is cool, light and fine with assorted yellow fruits and a fine acidity. Medium long. Very. very good.
87p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Airlie Bank Gris on Skins
A laid back, cool nose with notes of red apples, wild strawberries and earth. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and seedy with notes of red currants, earth and gravel. A high, fine acidity. 
87p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Pinot Noir
A fine go to, every day Pinot which excels in this vintage with a gorgeous, upfront nose with notes of raspberry licorice, wild flowers, milk chocolate and herbs. Very fine.
The taste is fruity and balanced with a cool raspberry fruit, a fine length and a body for ageing. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/02)

Tim Shand presenting the wines 

2021 G
A cool, pure nose with notes of earth, barnyard and dried red currants. A tad linear.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of red currants, lingonberries a dusty earth. A hint of warmth in the finish. Good.
85p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Airlie Bank Garden Red
A young, fruity nose with notes of blueberries, raspberries, warm earth and bakelite. Very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of dried blackberries and raspberries, earth and dried herbs. 
87p   (tasted 2022/02)

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